By virtue of a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday evening, the St. Louis Cardinals are returning to the NLCS for the fourth consecutive season and ninth time in 15 years.

And for the second time in the series, St. Louis was able to solve likely NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw by hanging a crooked number on him.

This time in came in the form of Matt Adams, who hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh with the Cardinals down 2-0.



Pitching on short rest, Kershaw shut the Cardinals down in the first five-plus innings but proceeded to give up singles to Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta before yielding the three-run blast to Adams.

For the Cardinals, Shelby Miller gave up two runs in 5.2 innings before four different relievers held the Dodgers without a run in 3.1 innings of work.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made news before the game by deciding to sit a struggling Yasiel Puig in a do-or-die Game 4 matchup with the team down two games to one. Puig eventually pitch ran for A.J. Ellis in the ninth but failed to score the tying run.



St. Louis will take on either the San Francisco Giants or Washington Nationals in the NLCS. San Francisco has an opportunity to clinch that series with Ryan Vogelsong on the bump at home tonight.